Wednesday, July 26, 2017

A Cowboy and his Horse Scroll Saw Pattern.
Here is another three layered project. I'm going to show you something a little different today. As you can imagine I can't possibly cut all the patterns I design. I do a new pattern almost everyday. There is just not enough time. Because of that time restriction I often simulate the finished project by simply adding wood textures the the pattern. This way I can still show you how I think it should look. I also usually add a drop shadow to give it some depth. The image above is the simulation of this project.

I also decided to cut this pattern. The finished piece is below. I did add a basic shadow box frame to the finished piece. I still receive email from new readers asking about what wood I use on a particular project. Because they are often simulated there is no answer to that question.

I just thought you may like to see the difference in how the images look when they are real or simulated.

Another very common question is about the thin lines on the pattern. If you look closely at the image below you will see lines in the cutting that add detail. In scroll saw speak these are called veins. Yes they are cut with the scroll saw.

Many people assume they are drawn in with a pen.  You will notice that I always draw the veins starting from an open area. You simply begin the cut in the open area and cut to the end of the line then back out.

Backing out can sometimes be difficult. It is almost always better to leave the saw running while you back out the blade. Just take your time and turn the blade with the curves as you back out.

If you want the veins to stand out better you can use a thicker blade so the kerf is wider. I used a #1 blade for these veins so you could see what can be done with a small blade. After the cuts were all complete I used an Xacto knife to remove the dust from the veins and slightly open them up.
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I wish I had designed these pieces of art!

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I like to look through and see what crafts people are selling.  I often say "I wish I had done that." That's the case with the designs of this artist. I love these little people. They are whimsical and each one tells a story. Did I mention that I love these little people. These check off every criteria in my book for great design. 

The profile name of the artist is germejeanbernard. If you like this kind of art go check out his Etsy page.

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